"Mrs David Parse, well-known Mattoon resident, observed her 91st birthday anniversary today at her home at 1721 Piatt avenue.
Still active, Mrs. Parse makes frequent trips to the Mattoon Public Libraray and is well informed on current events. She enjoys reminiscing with frineds on the Mattoon of many years ago, and the changes that have taken place.....
For a few years during her younger days she lived at Topeka, Kan, and Appleton City, MO. The rest of her life has been spent in Mattoon.
Mrs Parse is a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist church.
Her life motto is:
Build a fence of trust around today,
Look not out upon tomorrow.
God will give you grace to bear
Whatever comes of joy or sorrow"
The article gave details of her heritage and family history. She was the only one of the siblings still living at that time.
And again in 1955:
"Mrs. David Parse, 98 of 1721 Piatt avenue, one of Mattoon's oldest residents, was taken to the Atkins Nursing home Saturday afternoon by ambulance. She was reported seriously ill with a heart ailment. Mrs. Parse, who has been living in or around Mattoon for almost a century has seen Mattoon grow from a muddy prairie village to one of Central Illinois' foremost cities."
She was 98 when she entered the nursing home and she outlived all her siblings even though she was the oldest.